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Laguna Art Museum

Near downtown Laguna Beach, you will find the Laguna Art Museum. Initially founded as an art association one hundred years ago, this institution is a gathering place to view local and nationally acclaimed artists’ work. They offer docent led tours, public programs, and events for all ages. The en plein air movement was locally founded by Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Frank Cupien, Nellie Gail Moulton, and others. They pioneered this organization and regional outdoor painting practice to capture the essence of light. See the museum’s centennial and permanent collection that contains some of these notable artists’ work.

Currently on exhibition, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari is an experience. Baldessari’s avant-garde approach to prints hold didactic and provocative societal messages. These pieces are from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. They are on display from June 16 – September 22, 2019.

“The exhibition includes over seventy works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, which include an impression of almost every print Baldessari has made to date.”

While you’re visiting the museum, be sure to view Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill from June 16 – September 22, 2019. It is “curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge, the exhibition features the full scope of Murrill’s practice, from subject, to material, to experiments in scale. With twenty works, Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill is the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today.”

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